I figured it out.
I think I finally figured Halloween out.
It's not the trick-or-treaters, we seldom have many (nine last night).
It isn't the candy, heaven knows candy is wonderful, but it's not that.
It's not the costumes and the sound of feet running down the street.
What it is
is the magic.
It's the softening light of day, the lit candles, the jack-o-lanterns sparkling
on porches. It's the smell of burning pumpkins and firewood and the
excitement of something different than the ordinary.
It's all the feelings of excitement
which still flows in our blood even as we grow older
that we had as children....hardly being able
to contain ourselves with
something wonderful happening.
That's what I love about it.
And I never want to lose it.